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How Benedict XVI's resignation changed the papacy

May 30, 2016 - 06:32 am .- When Pope emeritus Benedict XVI resigned as pontiff three years ago, he added a new dimension to the papacy, said his personal secretary Archbishop Georg Ganswein.

Pope Francis to author new book answering teens' questions

May 29, 2016 - 11:52 am .- After becoming the first Pope to author a children's book earlier this year, Pope Francis will soon come out with another, based on his responses to questions posed by youth through a new online platform.

Pope Francis asks kids to join Syrian children in praying for peace

May 29, 2016 - 06:19 am .- Millions of children have either been killed, displaced or orphaned as a result of Syria’s ongoing, bloody civil war.

Want to be a good servant? Be generous, Pope Francis tells deacons

May 29, 2016 - 03:52 am .- On Sunday Pope Francis celebrated a special jubilee for deacons, telling them that a good servant is one who forgets themselves, letting go of their own plans and humbly placing their lives at the disposal of those to whom they are called to minister.

Death of refugee girl frames Pope's heartbreaking talk with youth

May 28, 2016 - 09:54 am .- The story of a young migrant girl who drowned at sea was at the heart of Pope Francis' address to some 400 children who on Saturday had traveled to the Vatican from the southern Italian region of Calabria.

Pope Francis meets with Singapore's president at the Vatican

May 28, 2016 - 06:58 am .- On Saturday, Pope Francis met with the president of the Republic of Singapore, marking 35 years of diplomatic relations between the Southeast Asian country and the Holy See, and the first ever state visit by a Singaporean president to a Pope.

Pope Francis met with Orionines today. Who are they?

May 27, 2016 - 11:55 am .- When Pope Francis met with the Sons of Divine Providence – also known as the Orionine Fathers – on Friday, he urged them to be faithful to the charism of their founder, St. Luigi Orione. So what is this charism?

Here's what the next World Meeting of Families will focus on

May 25, 2016 - 12:11 pm .- “The Gospel of family, joy for the world.” This is the theme for the 2018 World Meeting of Families in Dublin, Ireland, and it is meant to emphasize the family's role as a stabilizing force in society, said the local archbishop.

Pray without ceasing – not just when you want to, Pope says

May 25, 2016 - 06:56 am .- For Pope Francis, prayer is neither a “magic wand” used to get what we want nor something casual we do only when we feel like it, but is rather the strength that sustains our faith in difficult moments.

From the Vatican, top Sunni imam calls for end to terrorism

May 24, 2016 - 12:34 pm .- After his historic meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican Monday, Egypt's Grand Imam of al Azhar issued a global appeal to counter terrorism, which he said is “deviant” of true Islam and threatens the both east and west alike.

A new public appearance by Benedict XVI? Maybe so, his secretary reveals

May 23, 2016 - 11:49 am .- Former Pope Benedict XVI could appear in public once again on June 29, the 65th anniversary of his priestly ordination.

In seismic meeting, Pope Francis embraces top Sunni imam

May 23, 2016 - 10:09 am .- Pope Francis on Monday embraced the grand imam Sheik Ahmed Muhammad Al-Tayyib during a meeting at the Vatican, a move which is being seen as a step toward reopening dialogue between Christians and Sunni Muslims.

Holy Trinity calls us to solidarity with others, Pope says

May 22, 2016 - 08:20 am .- The feast of the Holy Trinity is an invitation for us to commit to enriching our everyday relationships by promoting communion, consolation, and mercy, Pope Francis said during his Sunday Angelus address.

Vatican: recent stories about Benedict XVI and Fatima secrets are 'absolutely untrue'

May 21, 2016 - 09:40 am .- The Vatican announced today that recent articles claiming that Pope emeritus Benedict XVI said that the Third Secret of Fatima was not released in its entirety back in 2000 are “pure inventions” and “absolutely untrue.”

Pope Francis clarifies question on diocesan religious institutes

May 20, 2016 - 04:09 pm .- Pope Francis issued a binding clarification of a question regarding Canon Law and the establishment of new diocesan Institutes of Consecrated Life on Friday.

Pope Francis offers prayers following EgyptAir plane crash

May 20, 2016 - 09:58 am .- Pope Francis has voiced his prayers and condolences to all those affected by the apparent crash of an EgyptAir plane in the Mediterranean Sea Thursday morning.

Exploiting workers is a form of trafficking, Pope Francis says

May 19, 2016 - 04:07 pm .- During his Mass on Thursday, Pope Francis preached a warning to the rich who oppress the poor, focusing on employers who accumulate wealth by misusing those who work for them.

Pope Francis to meet top Sunni imam at the Vatican

May 19, 2016 - 09:08 am .- An official meeting between Pope Francis and Imam Ahmed al Tayyeb will take place Monday at the Vatican, signaling a new step in Catholic-Muslim relations.  

Your job is to give voice to the suffering, Pope tells new ambassadors

May 19, 2016 - 07:40 am .- As six new ambassadors to the Holy See presented Pope Francis with their credentials, the pontiff stressed that as representatives of their people, they must be the voice of those suffering from tragedies.

This Saint Bernard just met Pope Francis

May 18, 2016 - 12:16 pm .- While Pope Francis might have chastised animal-lovers who treat their pets better than people in last week’s general audience, that didn’t stop him from giving a good pat on the head to Magnum – the Saint Bernard with VIP access to today’s audience.

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